Operation Superhero

Dear Friends of Candlelighters,

In September, our community comes together to recognize National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month (NCCAM). The month is dedicated to celebrating the brave superheroes that battle pediatric cancer. At Candlelighters, we understand that in addition to the shock of the diagnosis, there is a tremendous financial burden, an endless amount of travel, and an overwhelming emotional impact associated with childhood cancer. With your help – our organization is committed to ensuring that our local children and their families have the support and resources they critically need, especially with no pediatric oncology services offered in our area. Over 90 Candlelighter families in Brevard and Indian River counties benefit annually from nearly 20 programs and services that help alleviate the emotional and financial burdens associated with childhood cancer. 

Operation Superhero: Candlelighters invites you to join us in celebrating NCCAM by making a donation in honor of Operation Superhero. Operation Superhero, in partnership with Jason Hook Photography, transforms our most deserving children into the superhero of their choice with a transformation and photoshoot celebrating them during their journey battling cancer. Donations help Candlelighters to encourage and nurture the children’s inner superheroes and show them that they are not alone in their fight. We are incredibly honored to spotlight our 2024 superheroes during this year’s upcoming campaign!

  • Donate: Please consider making a general donation of any amount to help raise funds during National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. Our campaign goal of $40,000 goes towards providing emotional support and financial assistance to over 90 children and their families right here in our own community. Please donate through our website at Donation Page (etapestry.com).

Our Candlelighter families – mom, dad, siblings, and child with cancer are all impacted by this devastating diagnosis. It will take a justice league coming together for good to provide these families with every resource needed to fight the villain – cancer. Join our justice league today by pledging your generous donation to Operation Superhero during National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. 

Thank you for your consideration, 

Candlelighters Executive Staff & Board of Directors Because Kids Can’t Fight Cancer Alone

Candlelighters honors National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

Our organization celebrated our 2023 Operation Superhero participants during our red-carpet Reveal Party. The children and their families were able to come together with sponsors and volunteers of the program to see the release of their movie trailers and movie posters. We are incredibly grateful to everyone who made this experience possible for Candlelighters!

Meet our 2023 Superheroes

Thank you to our Superhero Sponsors!

Thank you to our Superhero Reveal Party Sponsor!

Thank you to our Corporate Sponsors!

Thank you to our Superhero Donors!


Carolyn and Richard Baney

Loren Strand – Town of Indialantic

Mind of Culture – Zoya Barnes

Theodore and Judith Rinker


Ann Harnett

Charles Quincy’s Facebook Fundraiser

Diane Gray’s Facebook Fundraiser

Kathleen Ann Hufford

Kevin and Susan McKeown

Steven Baughman and Ronald Kazmirski


Atlantic Environmental of Florida

August and Maria Fix

Brevard Insurance and Marketing

Douglas and Linda Nitch

Imagine Schools at West Melbourne

In Honor of Haley Caroll

Dino and Robin Martin

In Honor of Landon Donna

Shelly Moser

In Memory of Ethan Hensel

          Dr. Theresa Yasonis

Militano Construction

Samantha Roualet’s Facebook Fundraiser


495 Ross Girls LLC

Barbra Hall

Carlo and Elise Mayor

Charlotte Bauer

Edna Fairbanks-Smith

Ginny Jacobsen

In Honor of August Terry

Wendy and Travis Terry

In Honor of Ayla Ferris’ Birthday

Alexis Haber-Vallette

April Schick

Jamie Luark

Shay Ferris

Joy Patterson

Joyce and Gary Young

Kathleen O’Brien

Lori and Bob DiSciullo

Michael Toppa

Nancy and Charles Palmer

Simply Bread for You


Annette Desmarais

Diane Desmarais

Grace and Jose Ramirez

Indian River Colony Club – Navy Women’s Club

Jim and Cheryl Lynch

Lori Mitchell

Patricia Tansey

Robin Saunders

Ronald and Norma Levy

The Saunders Family


Carolyn and Derek Cook

Chuck and Mary Lou Dunsford

Clint Burton

In Memory of Bobby Law

Hortensia’s Facebook Campaign

Joseph and Caroline Gomez

Miriam Doyle